Memory and Meaning: Borges and “Funes el memorioso”. HENRY L SHAPIRO. There are, of course, in spite of Borges y yo, far more than two such homonyms. Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso). Borges, Jorge Luis The narrator’s initial encounter with Funes, a tough living and working on a. My high school senior year English teacher was kind of an odd fellow, though I now believe he relished (and even cultivated) the “wacky.

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To ask other readers questions about Funes mrmorioso Memoriosoplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 26, Paty Pana rated it really liked it. I need to talk to someone: O Funes is so lost due to his ability to remember each and every detail of his life and this short borgrs had me freaking like no other read has ever had The whole idea of Ireneo suffering even due to having exact memories of his own different grimaces, and consequently not even recognising himself whenever he stared in the mirror gave me chills!

I found it so innovative and unique, and it was all condensed in 8 pages! Borges’s fiction reads like a magic incantation.

Funes el Memorioso by Jorge Luis Borges

Partly because he does indeed write beautifully, and partly because sometimes his Spanish vocabulary goes right over my head: D This short story tells us about a guy who became paralyzed while simultaneously gaining some super-human abilities.

I kind of didn’t get what the point of it was This is my general grudge against short stories: Which makes reading them pointless for me. So generally I avoid short stories, but this one I’ve read to make progress with my Spanish. Apr 23, Cristian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Ireneo Funes, the protagonist, after an accident, was bestowed with the absolute memory and the keenest perception.

Looking at a forest, he noticed each and every leaf, looking at a face, he noticed each and every nuance and movement. And he remembered everything. His memories were visceral, as they were link to his body sensations. He learned Latin immediately using a dictionary and a book by Pliny. He could compare the setting of the clouds that he saw one day, with the veins on the cover of a Ireneo Funes, the protagonist, after an accident, was bestowed with the absolute memory and the keenest perception.

He could compare the setting of the clouds that he saw one day, with the veins on the cover of a book. His memories were so precise and detailed that when he recalled a day from his childhood it took him an entire day to recall it. Not alike was his thinking. He was not able to generalize, he only saw the particulars, and he thought that each thing should have been named differently, as the dog It was not only difficult for him to understand that the generic term dog embraced so many unlike specimens of differing sizes and different forms; he was disturbed by the fact that a dog at three-fourteen seen in profile should have the same name as the dog at three fifteen seen from the front.


His own face in the mirror, his own hands, surprised him on every occasion… Funes could continuously make out the tranquil advances of corruption, of caries, of fatigue. He noted the progress of death, of moisture. He was the solitary and lucid spectator of a multiform world which was instantaneously and almost intolerably exact… I repeat, the least important of his recollections was more minutely precise and more lively than our perception of a physical pleasure or a physical torment… I suspect, nevertheless, that he was not very capable of thought.

To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. In the overly replete world of Funes there were nothing but details, almost contiguous details. Was Funes the perfect Vipassana practitioner? Did he had the perfect mindfulness? Thus was he liberated afterwards? The only things that could have stayed in his way is that he still tried to rely on the language, and name everything. Plus, it is not clear, how much he was an observer and how much he identified with what he was?

Funes had a synesthetic memory, similar to Solomon Shereshevski described by Luria, and both had difficulties generalizing and reasoning. Do we need thinking if we are able to perceive? We can assume that thinking is an instrument that our mind uses in order to overcome the limitations of perception. With perfect perception, like Funes’s, our reasoning becomes unnecessary. In that configuration, however, we would integrate with difficulty in the current society, similar to Sereshevski.

Funes el Memorioso

Sep 30, Carmenza Uribe rated it it was amazing Shelves: De la magia de la pluma de Borges surge este impactante cuento que narra mmemorioso vida de Ireneo Funes, quien posee el poder de la memoria perfecta: Muchas interpretaciones se pueden hacer, pero tal vez una inquietante es que el relato invita a reflexionar sobre la memoria.

Y con todo ello estamos perdiendo algo poderoso y profundamente humano: Nov 03, Kanan Rustamli rated it it was amazing. When he fell, he’d been knocked unconscious; when he came to again, the present was so rich, so clear, that it was almost unbearable, as were his oldest and even his most trivial memories. It was shortly afterward that he learned he was crippled; of that fact he hardly took notice.

He reasoned or felt that immobility was a small price t “He had lived, he said, for nineteen years as though in a dream: He reasoned or felt that immobility was a small price to pay. Now his perception and his memory were perfect. With one quick look, you and I perceive three wineglasses on a table; Funes perceived every grape that had been pressed into the wine and all the stalks and tendrils of its vineyard.

He knew the forms of the clouds in the southern sky on the morning of April 30, and he could compare them in his memory with the veins in the marbled binding of a book he had seen only once, or with the feathers of spray lifted by an oar on the Rio Negro on the eve of the Battle of Quebracho. Nor were those memories simple—every visual mmeorioso was linked to muscular sensations, thermal sensations, and so on.


He was able to reconstruct every dream, every daydream he had ever had. Two or three times he had reconstructed an entire day; he had never once erred or faltered, but each reconstruction had itself taken an entire day. I have no idea how many stars he saw in the sky. Those are the things he told me; neither then nor later have I ever doubted them. At that time there were no cinematographers, no phonographs; it nevertheless strikes me as implausible, even incredible, that no one mekorioso performed an experiment with Funes.

But then, all our lives we postpone everything that can be postponed; perhaps we all have the certainty, deep inside, that we are immortal and that sooner or later every man will do everything, know all there is to know. This is just a ek short story, not a book in itself. I read this in a Portuguese translation after having it highly recommended by a professor.

I found the story interesting, but not nearly as good as it was supposed to be from the recommendation — now that I think about it, in a very similar manner to the professor who emitted bofges recommendation. Apr 22, Maria rated it liked it. Sep 20, Marian Balza rated it liked it. Es increible la manera en que delata al cerebro del ser humano y lo afortunados que somos por simplemente poder pensar.

Feb 18, Diana Torres rated it ek was ok Shelves: Sep 19, Oleksandr rated it really liked it. Oct 29, Marietldr rated it really liked it.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This short story is brilliant! Borges shows how it would be to live remembering every details in your life without living anymore. This ability seems more like a curse than an actual gift, as the narrator thinks.

Moreover, this lifestyle seems annoying: Funes thinks he’s intelligent by remembering his memories when he actually isn’t because their is no real meomrioso and arguments running though his mind. Sep mfmorioso, Shira rated it it was ok Shelves: Mejor no vivir que vivir sin poder olvidar nada nunca.

Sin poder filtar ni descuidar nada, sin poder meterse a un lado las memorias que molestan. Jun 10, Loops Wuadaloops rated it it was amazing. My friend highly recommended this story to me and I read it and It felt to me that the story went nowhere. Need a bit borgse enlightenment on this. Apr 09, Jorge Hurtado rated it it was amazing.

Francheska rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Valentin Eni rated it it was ok Apr 23, Cristina Molina rated it really liked it Apr 25, Lu rated it liked it Oct 09, Juampa rated it it was amazing May 26,